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Chile From Within

In 1973, the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a bloody coup d'état led by General Augusto Pinochet.

Chile From Within

Chile From Within

Author: Susan Meiselas

156 pp. WW Norton & Co

Chile from within is the pictorial record of the period that began with the torture and murder of Allende’s supporters and the suppression of all dissent.

It chronicles the growing opposition that culminated in the plebiscite of 1988, in which Pinochet’s bid to stay in power was rejected.

In this unique historical collaboration, a US photographer and her Chilean counterparts create a collective account that reflects their hopes for change after a long period of isolation.

In September 2013, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the coup, Chile from within will be released as an ebook.

To recontextualise the original book, published in 1990 and now out of print, new historical material will accompany the bilingual version, including audio interviews with the photographers, contact sheets and archival footage.


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